What do Episcopalians believe?
Briefly stated: We believe every person is precious, made in God's image. We believe in a God of creation, redemption, and constant presence and love. We believe in the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe that honest questioning is holier than false certitude.
Where can one learn more about the faith?
The Book of Common Prayer contains our liturgy and expresses our doctrine. It includes an “Outline of the Faith” which addresses many common questions. But the best way to learn is through experience! Visit Trinity Cathedral and experience our worship and fellowship.
What can I expect a church service at Trinity Cathedral to be like?
Entering any church for the first time can be daunting. It may seem like everyone else knows when to stand, sit, kneel, and bow. Don't worry! Whether you're a cradle Episcopalian or have never stepped inside a church, you are welcome. Friendly ushers will provide a bulletin to help you follow along in the service. Each Sunday service includes readings from the bible, a sermon, prayers, community announcements, and celebration of the Holy Eucharist (communion).
Do I still have to wear a face covering due to Covid?
Face coverings are not mandatory but are recommended, especially for those whose household includes vulnerable persons. Learn more.
Is there parking nearby?
Is formal dress required?
No. Wear clothing that you find comfortable and suitable for worship.
I was baptized in a different denomination. Can I receive communion?
Yes. All are welcome at God’s table.
Is Trinity Cathedral welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ persons?
Is Trinity Cathedral wheelchair accessible?
There is a wheelchair ramp on Second Street at the front of the church, as well as one leading from our parking lot into the main level of our parish hall. We recently installed a lift which services the lower level of our parish hall.
How can I get in touch with a priest?
Call the cathedral office at 408-293-7953 or send an email to email@example.com.
How can I get involved in the life of Trinity Cathedral?
The first step is to ask an usher for a visitor card to fill out. This provides us with your information, lets you tell us what you'd like to know more about, and gives you the option to receive our weekly newsletter in your email inbox. We will follow up with you according to your indicated preferences.
Can you tell me more about the Episcopal Church?
Sure . . .
Who leads the Episcopal Church?
It is led by a Presiding Bishop, currently the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, who functions largely as an organizer and as pastor to the other bishops. Chief authority is vested in the General Convention, which is held every three years. Lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons are all represented at General Convention.
Who can be ordained in the Episcopal Church?
The Episcopal Church ordains qualified and called persons of all genders and sexual orientations, married and unmarried, as bishops, priests, and deacons.
Do lay persons also have a holy ministry?
Yes. "The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 855.)
Are Episcopalians Catholic or Protestant?
Yes. We are Catholic in that our bishops stand in a line of apostolic succession reaching back to the first century. This means that we, like Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, value our connection to the very first followers of Jesus Christ. Also, our customs and practices of worship may feel familiar to people acquainted with those of the Roman Catholic church. We are Protestant in that our church rejected papal authority during the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Also, our understandings of the bible, freedom of conscience, and the authority of reason have been profoundly influenced by the Protestant Reformation and European Enlightenment. If you are interested in the fascinating history of Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church, we can recommend resources for further exploration.
Is the Episcopal Church connected to the Church of England?
Yes and no. The Episcopal Church is part of a global family of churches known as the Anglican Communion. These independent churches maintain relations with one another through their voluntary communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the chief bishop of England. Neither the Archbishop of Canterbury nor the British monarch has any governing authority over the Episcopal Church.
Does the Episcopal Church have relationships with other churches?
Yes. In addition to other Anglican churches, the Episcopal Church is in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and several other churches. We also engage in dialogue and cooperation with a wide range of Christian and non-Christian groups.